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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Lens:90.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 145.7 - 485.6 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Aug 2011 - 3:06 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Daffy?
Username:jeanettermasters jeanettermasters
Uploaded:14 Aug 2011 - 9:45 AM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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rambler
rambler e2 Member 5459 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2011 - 10:25 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I have to say you have done well here to capture the moment. The 'expression'on the ducks face is priceless.

A little more depth of field at F8 would have brought more of the subject into focus, it is slightly soft around the eye, the most important area in a portrait. If you hand held this you did extremely well.

The background is rather bright and you could try toning it down. A good composition with room in front of the duck for him to leap into.

Ken.

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rambler
rambler e2 Member 5459 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2011 - 10:34 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I have uploaded a mod where I have adjusted the highlights and midtone contrast. Also applied some unsharp mask which helps with the softness.

Ken.

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jeanettermasters

Hi Ken
Thank you for your comments. Now you mention it, the background is rather bright...funny how these points pass by un-noticed until someone points them out! And I now see that the focus around the ducks eye is rather soft too.
This was hand-held, so I appreciate your encouragement. It was taken on the point of the duck about to leap off of the fence, so not a lot of time to compose the subject.
Thank you once again.
Jeanette

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
14 Aug 2011 - 1:05 PM

Inspirational... Love the image. IB

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2011 - 3:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A nice shot, really, but it is a bit soft all over. Background doesn't bother me, but light must have been low at ISO800 to only get 1/320 sec. You need a support - all these current wonder lenses with image stabilisers are supposed to help - i have three lenses with image stabilisers and I can shake faster than they can correct it!

Ideally, you need support if possible with long lenses - a gate post is convenient - a monopod cheap and easy to carry.

paul

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